Blacktown City’s plans for a university are one step closer to being realised with the council calling for expressions of interest from universities to establish a campus in the Blacktown CBD.
A new university will help cater to Western Sydney’s rapidly growing population and is part of council’s plans to transform Blacktown into an education, residential and retail hub.
It’s estimated that by 2036 half of Sydney’s population will live in Western Sydney. At present however only 18 per cent of university places are in the Greater Sydney region.
According to Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali MP, “There are 54,000 higher education students living within 30 minutes of Blacktown. There are 18,000 talented university students living in Blacktown City – but currently they all have to travel long distances to attend their courses.”
“Imagine how great it would be for today’s Year 7 school students to have an opportunity to study at a University right here in Blacktown when they complete their HSC,” Mayor Bali said.
A Blacktown University would open up a lot of doors for local young people and businesses and would be a great asset to the entire region.
It is understood that the project has already attracted a lot of interest.
“The EOI process ensures there is proper governance in place and that all potential University partners are treated in a fair and equitable way,” Mayor Bali said.
“A university campus in Blacktown is obviously needed, but for it to be successful it will have to collaborate with Council, our community and local businesses so it can meet the needs of our diverse community.”
Local businesses have put their support behind the project with Greater Blacktown Business Chamber, Vitex, and Sydney Business Park, all agreeing to partner with Blacktown City Council in moving forward with the concept of a university campus situated in the Blacktown CBD.
The EOI documentation was officially released on 5 September and will close on 5 December 2018.
Council will then work through the submissions and it is expected that they will announce the successful bid in early 2019.
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